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The color // colour lovers project was a long time coming… Andrea & I first discussed it during our evenings in the hot tub at the Shuttersisters Oasis gathering at the Ace Hotel back in 2012… and then during our run around Paris in 2013… sounds so jet-setter-like doesn’t it?!… I kinda like it, even if name dropping places you’ve been, is just as bad as mentioning famous people you’ve hung with.

So a colour project together was on the cards… it was just a matter of when.

Winter loomed… could we start something in Dec 2013?… not really, with Christmas and various things going on. The new year seemed right, especially as Jan & Feb are notoriously grey, cold and dull. It was going to happen in 2014.

Titles for the project went back and forth via email… then it made sense to be -

Color – because Andrea is in the US.

Colour – because I’m in the UK.

SO color // colour lovers was born.

Instead of a week long colour project, where you photograph one colour each day… we wanted more. One colour per week… to explore it, wear it, play with it… generally seek it out and capture it however we desired.

It was 7 weeks of gloriousness… it beat the winter blues out into the atmosphere.

Completely fantastic to indulge in colour in so many ways.

Both Andrea & I shot in our own way and shared the result in what we’re naming “our happy place”. We didn’t want to be restricted to a timetable of image making or frame formats that can come from a diptych project – we just wanted to let our creativity flow, upload when we could, and work at a pace that suited what was going on in the rest of our lives – this was a side project after all.

Rather wonderfully there has been some magic and some shots that were taken totally separately, are totally linked – I love a little serendipity!

SO that’s why to mark the end of this round, I’ve made some diptychs. I think they’re rather lovely.

Different, yet complimenting to each other.

This is what’s brilliant about collaborations.

Thanks for taking this colourful ride with me Andrea – it’s been even better than I could’ve imagined.

Thank you to everyone that took part on Instagram… there are hundreds of happy making colours over there and it was truly a joy to scroll them daily.

We’ll continue with color // colour lovers at a slow pace for now, uploading to the “happy place” when it feels right – with a view to be back in the June for summer colour extravaganza!

All the diptychs are - Andrea on the left – Xanthe on the right (but you probably knew that!)




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Something rather wonderful happened during BLUE week…

There was a blue sky every. single. day… who would’ve thought this would happen when we started this colour// colour project 7 weeks ago?

It made the blossom even more beautiful. And made me smile everyday.

The blue skies even continued in Germany for the Lumia 1020 tour…

Making it most fabulous for photo taking…

And then yesterday… the gift of all gifts… the cherry on top of the cake.

A warm day of picnics on Hampstead Heath, sitting out on the blanket & lazing in hammocks we strung up in the trees… actually warm enough for bare feet and bare arms, even though the trees are still bare!

I take this as a wonderful sign that BLUE week supposed to happen this week and perhaps a sign of more good weather to come.


I’ll be back to round up this amazing colour // colour project with inspiring Andrea later in the week… can’t quite find the words yet…

But I must share this… I’ve loved the serendipity of certain images we’ve taken during this project. Take this one on the final day… yesterday a blue van spotted on the way to our picnic… and look Andrea found one too…




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March 10th, 2014 at 2:40 pm


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It’s the final week of the color // colour project… BLUE!

I wonder how many blue skies I’ll see this week?

Roll on BLUE, I do love you.


While working at my computer the other day, I was uploading the images from my iPhone. The thumbnails skipped past catching the corner of my eye, after a while the bursts of colour caught my full attention…

Watching the story of the past couple of months whizzing by… mostly frames taken for the colour // colour lovers project, was wonderful – Abundant colour flicking past.

So I dragged the photos into iMovie… unedited, exactly in sequence, as the shots were taken and edited – revealing the way I shoot – which is A LOT of frames and the fact that I’ve been collecting colour whenever I’ve seen it, not necessarily the week of the colour.

I love the way the slideshow is just like a stop-motion… the photos move and flash past quickly. Bursts of colour & movement… my two favourite things to capture… with a sprinkling of silhouette jump shots too!

This kinda of film is a simple way of using all the images taken on your phone to tell a quick story of your experiences and sights you’ve seen.

You can give it a go too?

I share how to make slideshows & stop motion films plus shoot video, then edit it altogether in iMovie during my Creating Time Capsules course… Perhaps you’d like to join the fun we have -

Check out all the details as registration is open now!

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March 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm


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You can always rely on nature for a sprinkling of PURPLE…

And of course, there are balloons & colourful walls to play with…


A collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 


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February 19th, 2014 at 10:15 am


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This project is everything I thought it would be and SO much more… even on the greyest & rainiest days there is colour to be found.

You just have to look.

And it brings delight every time.


A collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 



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February 14th, 2014 at 4:42 pm


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Kate rocks GREEN nails like a pro… so stylish and just the right detail to accompany her RED hat.

So this week, inspired by Kate… I’ve embraced GREEN nails… fortunately they’re not like YELLOW nails

Thanks to the lovely Kim Balaskas for all the amazing nail polishes she has lent me for this project.


A collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 

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February 13th, 2014 at 3:06 pm


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This time the balloons are GREEN… as it’s GREEN week over at color // colour lovers.

We nearly lost them….



 A collaborative colour // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 

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February 11th, 2014 at 2:37 pm


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Oh Achillea Flowers… so full of prettiness and colourful blooms. You bring me sunshine on a cloudy day…

Thanks for all the yellow happiness…

…if only that yellow teapot had come home with me! I can just imagine it by the fireside when camping…


A collaborative color // colour project with the fabulous Andrea - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 



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January 30th, 2014 at 2:12 pm


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I’m SO loving this color // colour lovers project with Andrea… just the boost I need to get through this dull grey and rainy weather… check out our shared space for a fabulous colour boost.

A little something left over from RED week…

A film for my sister’s tea room bake-a-boo as she gets ready for Valentines day.

Hey, there’s still time to sign up for Creating Time Capsules… starting on Friday… where you can learn how to make films of your life – or even films like this for your blog or business…

All the details are here.


Hello YELLOW! Now it’s time to get into the swing of you!


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January 29th, 2014 at 2:58 pm


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Oh red… a whole week with you… collecting you here and there… and making you happen when I was stuck indoors with a cold.

That time on the tube when I chased this lady & her red beret…

I collected red doors… these two were my favourites.

Wonderfully, Kim painted my nails…

RED, you were wonderful…next up is YELLOW…

For the collaborative color // colour project with the fabulous Andrea (see her RED here) - our shared place is color//colour lovers… 



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January 26th, 2014 at 6:00 pm